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FdA Business and Management Practice

Foundation Degree Fd(A)

* This course is subject to validation by the University.

Oxford Brookes Business School

The Foundation Degree in Business and Management Practice provides a practical business education programme for those who wish to study at Higher Education level in their local area. Designed in cooperation with and supported by employers, the course has a strong focus on employability skills appropriate to the workplace and you can continue in employment whilst studying.  

You will have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Business and Management Practice Level 6 ‘Top-Up’ final year at either at Abingdon & Witney College or Solihull College or to the BA (Hons) Business and Management final year at Oxford Brookes University.

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

Teaching location

Abingdon and Witney College / Solihull College

Course length

  • Full time: 2 years
  • Part time: 3 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Although this course is taught at Abingdon & Witney College and Solihull College, you will also be able to access many of the learning, social and support facilities at Oxford Brookes University, as well as those of the college.

  • You will benefit from university-level teaching in a college environment, with tutors who will ensure that you get the help and support you need to get the most from your studies.

  • You will put theory into practice by using your current role at work to reflect upon teaching and to fulfil some of the assessment criteria.

  • To find out more about what it is like to study at an Oxford Brookes partner college, visit our partnership course pages.

The aim of this course is to support and develop you for a  career in the areas of Business and Management.

The course  explores each of these strands progressively, whilst maintaining a holistic view of business within various contexts. 

The Business strand introduces you  initially to the scope and functions of business and gradually develops your understanding of the internal and external environment in which businesses operate.

The Management strand takes basic management concepts and theories to a contemporary and practical level and integrates organisational behaviour aspects with management and decision making.

Within your first year, you  are introduced to areas including criticality and academic writing, in addition to developing a portfolio to support your professional development.

In the second year you will focus on research skills and developing yourr skills of enquiry in preparation for your final year Business Project (work-based focused).  This also helps prepare you for your honours year modules (e.g. dissertation) should you wish to progress to the final year BA (Hons) ‘Top-Up’.

This content is also available for students on a Degree Apprenticeship, funded by their employer.  Further information is available from the College. 


Work placements

There are no work placements but students are expected to be in employment for the duration of the course in order to support the work-based aspects of the assessments. 

Attendance pattern

Attendance is typically one day a week. Please contact the College for further information. 

Additional Costs

Whilst all text books are available in the College and University libraries and online, students may wish to purchase their own copies. The price of core-text books ranges from £15.00-£60.00. Assessments are submitted electronically, although students may wish to print electronic course material at their own cost.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

An induction programme is provided before teaching begins in the first semester, when you can meet fellow students outside the classroom. It also introduces the philosophy of the course, the rationale for its design and delivery, and provides insight into what is expected of you. 

A number of people are available to support, guide and assist personal development during your course.  

Throughout the course, you will be able to:

  • participate in lectures, seminars and workshops which develop your knowledge and understanding of issues related to their role in the business environment;
  • work in groups to examine and discuss issues;
  • work with a wide range of practical resources, including appropriate computer hardware and software
  • use e-learning as a tool to support their learning;
  • participate in 1:1 tutorials; and
  • undertake projects to benefit your employers and your own professional development.

The course acknowledges the importance of student engagement and involvement in and outside of the classroom. The methods with which such engagement is developed include: student-centred, active learning pedagogies (e.g. enquiry based learning, collaborative activity, peer review); assessment and feedback processes; the development of a more personal and relational learning environment; and enhanced opportunities for student and staff interaction.


Approach to assessment

Academic study is linked to workplace experience in both formative and summative assessments, including presentations, reports, audits and case studies. These are combined with more traditional means of assessment, such as examinations and essays.   

Feedback on the result of informal, formative and summative assessment is given regularly within the classroom context and within 3 weeks of submitting formal assessments.


Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £7,200

Home/EU - part time off-campus fee : 2017/18: £4,760 2018/19: £4,900

International - full time off-campus fee : 2017/18: £8,000 2018/19: £8,200 (not available at Solihull College)

Where part time fee are quoted this is for the first year only. Fees may increase in following years.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Specific entry requirements

Entrants to the Foundation Degree programme should normally meet one of the following sets of requirements:

Three passes at GCSE (grades A – C) or O-level (grades A – C), normally including Mathematics and English Language



A minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level.


A National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualification, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other level 3 vocational qualification.


Exceptionally, applicants who can demonstrate, through an extended CV, references and interview, that they have the knowledge and abilities equivalent to those possessed by holders of the level 3 qualification, listed above may be admitted with dispensation from the requirement to possess those qualifications.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

International applications

This course is not available to international students requiring a Tier 4 visa.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Support for students studying FdA Business and Management Practice

A number of people are available to support, guide and assist personal development during the course. The Programme Leader and the Personal Tutor work as a team to ensure the course runs smoothly. The Module Leaders provide academic tutoring and answer subject specific queries during modules. You will be invited to regular and structured meetings throughout your course to review progress and get help with academic development. College Support Services provide one-to-one support, advice and guidance on a range of issues, such as personal and family problems, disability or sickness, learning difficulties and money worries. You will have access to all University’s support and disability services, including the Students’ Union and Careers and Employment Centre.

Handbooks are available for both the programme and for each individual module.  The module handbook includes:

  • Contact details of the module leaders and tutors
  • Specific content and learning outcomes
  • Week by week topics and activities
  • Details of required class preparation
  • Recommended and required reading
  • Coursework assessment including the task, learning outcomes, assessment criteria and deadlines.


General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

This course will enhance your employability, both through developing a lifelong learning approach using personal development planning and through the development of management and leadership competencies.

The combination of academic study with workplace learning, developed in consultation with employers, will enable you to build and demonstrate your capability in your current or future managerial role.


Further study

Students have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Business and Management Practice Level 6 ‘Top-Up’ final year at either at Abingdon & Witney College or Solihull College or to the BA (Hons) Business and Management final year at Oxford Brookes University.